Kenya's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) To Transform

THE PLAN TO TRANSFORM KENYA'S CID TO BE LIKE THE AMERICAN FBI

In Kenya, the Criminal Investigation Department commonly referred to as CID is one of the numerous units which belong to the Kenya Police Service. It consists of plain clothes Police Officers known as Detectives who are responsible for investigating complex cases.


In 2009, Senior Police Officers drafted a proposal which aims at transforming the CID into a semi-autonomous outfit with its own budget voted on by parliament. The proposal was handed to the then Police Commissioner Major General Hussein Ali and the National Task Force On Police Reforms.

Should the drafted proposal be accepted and adopted, the CID will breakaway from the Kenya Police to operate independently. It will change its name from Criminal Investigation Department to the National Bureau of Investigations. The new outfit shall be getting funded directly from treasury to avoid frustrations in its operations and shall also be conducting its own recruitment of personnel.

The newly formed Kenya's National Bureau of Investigations shall be an agency along the lines of USA's Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). It shall be headed by a Director of Criminal Investigations and a Deputy Director. The two shall be assisted by another six Assistant Executive Directors who shall be in charge of Investigations, Operations, Science & Technology, Information Services, Human Resources and Legal Affairs.


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